Below are selected policies from the College Catalog regarding course attendance and registration. For more details, please see Registering for Courses.
It is the expectation of the College that students will attend all classes for which they have registered. Nevertheless, it is up to the individual department, faculty member or instructor, to set the attendance policy for their individual courses. Students should keep in mind that attendance at the first class is required in many courses to confirm enrollment. The academic calendar can be found at academic-calendar.uchicago.edu. Many courses will automatically drop students who do not attend the first class meeting or even the entire first week of class meetings.
A full-time course load is three or four courses per quarter; the tuition is the same in either case. Over the typical four-year program (twelve quarters), a student normally registers for at least six 400-unit quarters and as many as six 300-unit quarters.
Students who wish to take a fifth course in a given quarter, pushing them over 400 units of credit, must formally petition the Dean of Students in the College for permission to do so. To confirm the professor’s willingness to allow a late registration into their class and the student’s participation in the course, the petition must include a signed consent form from the professor. The petition will be considered in Week 3 of the quarter, at which time, if it is approved, the student will be registered and billed for the fifth course. NOTE: The tuition costs of a fifth course are not covered by financial aid. See the Bursar’s website for the breakdown of tuition rates.
Ordinarily, students are expected to register for a full-time course load Autumn, Winter, and Spring quarters, i.e., 300 or 400 units per quarter. Students may register for fewer than 300 units of credit only with appropriate accommodations approved by Student Disabilities Services (SDS) or in the final quarter before graduation. Students who wish to enroll with a reduced load should consult with their College Adviser. Read more about Reduced Load Study.
Although students may progress at varying rates toward the degree, no student may register for more than twelve quarters without the permission of the Dean of Students in the College. Transfer students may be expected to finish their requirements in fewer quarters, as outlined in the College Catalog. Note that no student may enroll in more than thirteen quarters.
Repetition of Courses
When a student repeats a course, both courses appear on the student’s transcript and both grades are averaged into the student’s GPA. However, only one registration for the course counts toward the total number of credits required for graduation.
In the quarter that a course is repeated, students on financial aid must register for 300 units in addition to the repeated course unless (1) a failing grade was received in a course that a student needs to meet general education requirements or requirements in their major (2) the student’s major mandates a higher grade than was previously received.
At the end of each quarter, continuing students preregister for the following quarter. Prior to Autumn Quarter, students must confirm that they will be a registered student in Autumn Quarter.
Changes in Registration
Course registration may be changed during the first three weeks of each quarter. A change of registration is any course “drop,” any course “add,” or any substitution of one course or section for another. No changes in registration are permitted after Friday of third week without a petition to the Dean of Students in the College. For details, visit Registering for Courses.
Registration for Professional School Courses
If certain requirements are met, advanced undergraduates may register for up to six courses in the following professional schools at the University of Chicago: Graduate School of Business, the Law School, the School of Social Service Administration, or the Irving B. Harris Graduate School of Public Policy Studies. Approval of a petition to the Dean of Students in the College must be received prior to the quarter of planned registration. For more information about requirements and registration procedures, students should consult their College Advisers. NOTE: Professional school courses generally do not substitute for courses in the major; and no more than four (400 units) can count toward the forty-two credits (4200 units) required in an undergraduate degree program. For details visit Registering for Courses.
Current students in the College may take courses at other institutions
and transfer these credits back to the University of Chicago. Read more about Transfer Credit.